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, the presidential campaign of 2004, and 2008, and first lady michele obama and her role in the obama white house. i met rachel at an event this year where i bought a book, the book she wrote, "american tapestry: the story of the black, white, and multiracial ancestors of michelle obama". after hearing her talk, i'd bought six more copies. i bought them for all my family members and to give out as christmas gifts. now after having read her book i can tell you it was a good investment. it helps me better understand my own family and many mysteries surrounding my own family. rachel l. swams's book is a compelling story that stirs deep emotions. it is also a story that would break them here and with that, let's welcome rachel l. swams. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. >> thank you for coming. in the years leading up to the presidential election, the focus seems to be on barack obama's roots and his family and the fact that he wrote his own biography. now in your book "american tapestry," you put the focus on michele obama. tell us about how you got started doing that and what inspired you. >> i was
wife, michelle obama. >> host: does he have any direct contact with the president? >> guest: no. no contact. after obama won the presidency, the reverend right told me that he sent him a note congratulating him on achieving his amibition, as he put it. and that he didn't expect a note to get to him directly so he gave it to a neighbor of obama, who the reverend wright now to hand-deliver it, and he doesn't know to this day whether that note was deliver. >> host: who is steve rogers who you also interview from chicago. >> guest: a professor at the kellogg school of management at northwestern university. >> host: what was his connection with president obama? >> guest: like many african-american businessmen and leaders, whom i interviewed, he was early -- he was an early backer and supporter of obama. after obama lost a congressional primary to bobby rush in 2000, rush is the former black panther but now congressman. he was deeply in debt. he went around looking for people to donate money to his cause. and steve rogers, very successful businessman at that time before he became a pr
michelle obama and you'll see it here live. it will be the president's last speech in what has been a very, very long campaign. >> 24 hours to go. >> only one day left. >> it is here. >> and it is on. >> oh, my goodness! yes! >> where does this race stand. >> i mean what i say and i say what i mean. >> talk is cheap. >> look to the record. >> i said i would repeal don't ask don't tell. we repealed it. >> talk is cheap. look to the record. >> welcome home. >> now is the time to deliver on health care. >> all men and women are created equal. >> same sex couples should be able to get married. >> talk is cheap. >> corporations are people, my friend. >> i like to be able to fire people who provide services to me. >> i was a severely conservative republican governor. >> the optics are bad, the sound is even worse. >> he can't help it, he was born with a silver foot in his mouth. >> a razor tight race. >> we've given all people need to know. >> do you know who mitt romney is. >> we know he doesn't want to answer. >> there's going to be a civil war in the republican party. >> he is the worst repub
of this move. find us on facebook and we want to know about how you feel about michelle obama wearing the same dress again over in public. >>> picture this. you've been told you have to get out, get out of your home in ten minutes. >> that's not long. in fact that's how long abc2news has been on the air now. what do you take with you? important documents? >>> it's a question that people have faced with severe weather in recent weeks. charley crowson works with you tonight. >> it's been a week since sandy destroyed homes and neighborhoods and thousands with no where to go. and it's the pleas that are often the most heartbreaking. >> we have nothing. >> reporter: while the peak of the storm missed maryland by just 100 miles we're just as vonnerrable to disaster here large and small. to give yourself the best chance, you need to prepare and do it now. >> you need to be prepared to take care of yourself for the first 48 hours. >> reporter: you'll want plenty of water and food. >> if you have to get out early a disaster go kit is essential. >> reporter: it should include >> put it in the trunk. it'
are they all michelle obama? and he said no half of them are michelle obama, and some of them are afraid they are going to get a primary from michelle obama. and that dictates how they behave. >> jennifer: thank you so much michael. oh florida you are so close why don't you just on board, and we'll all start the party tuesday night. ♪ >> jennifer: let's take a closer look at one of the swing states where polls are showing president obama gaining, a new, very slight edge but gaining nonetheless and that's in florida. as of today the president is up by one point there, that's according to a new poll out today. romney was up as recently as this weekend. and a week ago republicans had a significant advantage in mail in ballots. but when early voting started last week there were lines around the block. >> we cut the typical advantage the republicans have by about 85% going into saturday the start of early vote. over 48 hours, we blew the doors off of early voting in 48 hours and took the advantage that republicans had and eliminated it. six days of early voting gone. >>
are joining big crowds during this campaign. talking about michelle obama and ann romney. tom fitzgerald is in the web center. the role of spouse changeed for decades and changing again. they're not talking husbands but policy. >> and that is not that longing on that a spouse was basically relegated in their appearances to women's -- women's political clubs and that is a distant memory these days. both of these women, michelle obama and ann romney are out there talking policy and enjoying huge crowds made up of both men and women. they can be their own step in the first step along forming a political career of their own. they have the skills and have been on display as recently as today. romney in columbus, ohio, and the first lady speaking in jacksonville. >> we believe that the truth matters. and you don't take shortcuts and gain the system. finally, we believe in keeping our priorities straight we know good and well that cutting sesame street is no way to balance our budget. we know better than that. >> and this is a special day for me today. this is my last day. for doing my came --
michelle obama and ann romney have higher approval ratings than their husbands. no surprise. >> no kidding. they're not the ones elected. that's a bogus number. exhausted and emotional, in the final hours, both relied heavily on the candidates' wives. abc's sharyn alfonsi reports on their workload. >> reporter: for michelle obama and ann romney, it is the end of a long grueling road. >> it is an emotional day for me, because i were i could tell you what i learned. >> reporter: they have been there every step of the way from the photo-ops. >> may i introduce to you. >> to the stump speeches. >> this is our time. >> reporter: to the conventions. >> michelle, i love you so much. what a lucky man i am. >> ann would have succeeded at anything she wanted to do. >> reporter: both women displaying equal parts charm. >> i love you so much. >> reporter: and steely endurance. >> we have been in so many of your communities. >> reporter: michelle obama's been a key fund raiser campaigning at 191 events. >> it sound like you are fired up and ready to go. >> reporter: ann romney a regular on the trail to
. a look at first lady michelle obama and ann romney, who hopes to call 1600 pennsylvania avenue home soon enough. she was at a rally in virginia yesterday. they had a -- a line along the lines, are we going to be neighbors soon? the crowd loved that. a cool line. it is d-day. >>> first, president obama will spend this election day in chicago where he will watch the returns come in tonight. >> but before heading home he held one last campaign rally in iowa. the state that started it all for him four years ago. with his voice hoarse, appearing to wipe a tear from his eye, the president told a crowd of 20,000 in des moines that real progress has been made over the last four years but there is more work to do. >>> meanwhile, mitt romney wrapped up his final rally of the day before a crowd of 12,000 in manchester, new hampshire, unexpected battleground state. a sentimental journey since romney kicked off the campaign in the state and has been back almost 25 times this year. a lot of time and money for four electoral votes but they're going for everybody. >>> we'll hear from the candidates as r
candidates are counting on the candidates' wives to reel in the undecided voters. for michelle obama and ann romney, it's a long grueling road. >> it's an emotional day for me because i wish i could tell you what i've learned on the road. >> reporter: they've been there every step of the way from the photo ops. >> may i introduce to you -- >> reporter: to some speeches. >> this sour time. >> reporter: to the convention speeches. >> michelle, i love you so much, what a lucky man i am. >> ann would have succeeded at anything she wanted to do. >> reporter: more more than a year, both women displaying equal parts charm. >> -- love you so much. >> reporter: and steely endurance. >> we've been in so many of your communities. >> reporter: michelle obama has campaigned at 191 events. >> it sounds like you're fired up and ready to go. >> reporter: and romney has been there, too. this this weekend appearing in five states. >> it's amazing to have this kind of emotion come to us. it makes me believe we can win colorado. >> reporter: throughout the campaign, both women have tried to show voters the othe
visitÓ la universidad de miami y michelle obama estuvo en jacksonville y tambiÉn en miami, el mensaje para motivar a los electores, estos a su vez motiven a amigos y familiares a ir a las naurs. >>> ahora compitiendo en minnesota, pennsylvania, estados que se consideraban que iban a votar por el presidente. >>> reconocen que el estado del sol es decisivo, esta imagen del presidente obama recorriendo las calles de nueva jersey con uno de sus mÁs acÉrrimos enemigos polÍticos pudo haber ayudado al primer mandatario, muchos republicanos criticaron que el hombre haya apoyado a obama. >>> el ciclÓn no va a cambiar la dinÁmica fundamental de la campaÑa. >>> son pocos los indecisos, se tratarÁ de quien logre movilizar mÁs simpatizantes, univisiÓn. >>> ustedes lo han visto en la campaÑa electoral, romney y obama se han hecho acusaciones falsas o exageradas, las vamos a analizar. >>> las remesas de mexicanos a su paÍs cayeron a su nivel mÁs bajo en tres aÑos. mÚltiples mentiras se han dicho en la campaÑa actual, romney dijo en el Último debate que el presidente empezÓ su mandat
obligada, ayer mitt romney visitó la universidad y michelle obama estuvo también, el mensaje es claro, n osolamente motivar a los electores, sino que estos también motiven a amigos . >> la campaña de mitt romney dice que entra en la recta final con confianza . >> compitiendo en estados que consideran que votan por el presidente . >> reconocen que el estado del sol es importante, esta imagen bipartidista donde recorre las calles con el gobernador pudo haber ayudado al primer mandatario, muchos republicanos critican que el gobernador felicite a el presidente de los estados unidos barack obama por el desastre. >> sin embargo no pensamos que el ciclon cambie la ña >> analistas dicen que son pocos los indecisos, se trata de quién mueva los simpatizantes a las urnas . >> vfamos a ver el mapa electoral para ver los cuatro estados indecisos, el presidente de los estados unidos barack obama lleva según las encuesta ventaja en los estados en pantalla, que nos deja colorado, ohio, virginia y florida para llega alos 270, mitt romney tendrai que lelgar a los cuatro, a el presidente de los estado
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and get our vote out. >> reporter: michelle obama will join the president in iowa for his final event tomorrow night. kristen welker, nbc news, traveling with the president in cincinnati, ohio. >>> meantime tonight mitt romney is barrelling through a few states of his own. >> reporter: anticipating a dramatic finale -- >> two more days. two more days and we can get to work rebuilding our country. >> reporter: mitt romney this weekend is racing through eight events in seven states. >> we have got to change course because unless we do, we may be looking at another recession. let's make sure we get everyone out to vote on tuesday. >> reporter: governor romney's carefully crafted final pitch that he would be a bipartisan leader. and he has this new line -- >> don't boo, vote. voting is the best revenge. >> they asked their supporters to vote for revenge. for revenge. instead i ask the american people to vote for love of country. >> reporter: and while upbeat, mr. romney made this acknowledgement. >> if the president were to be re-elected. >> boo! >> it's possible. but not likely. >> repor
. michelle obama is expected to join her husband at his last stop in iowa. >>> mitt romney making stops in key states as well today. making his pitch to voters, he will be in florida, virginia and new hampshire, going to watch the returns in boston, he was in iowa and ohio, pennsylvania, and virginia yesterday campaigning. abc 2 news.com is the place for the election news and results. always check the latest news under the politics tab. >>> ravens are back in baltimore, coming off of a winks getting ready for sunday's game with oakland. what you need to know about yesterday. it happened on two drives. first of the game resulted in a touchdown for baltimore, in between then and the last five minutes of the fourth quarter it didn't look good at all. the ravens trailed the browns by one point for putting together a touchdown drive that sealed the game, they added on the field goal after that. final score, ravens win 25-15. >>> tonight the ladies at mt bank stadium. they are hosting a purple evening geared towards female fans, on field drills and the opportunity to neat ravens players. ther
a bit later. have a great evening. bye. ♪ "e.t." >>> "entertainment tonight" has michelle obama's only interview about superstorm sandy. >> night vision cameras capture new york's superstorm blackout. >> total and complete darkness. >> as the first lady shares personal stories. >>> plus -- heartbreaking new images of the devastation and how the stars are raising money. ♪ i'm in a new york state of mind ♪ >> we just have to be there for each other. kristen stewart. robert pattinson. taylor lautner. >>> dr. phil is here with the story of the wannabe half-town bride. who's sabotaging her wedding? >> oh, my god.
have more on the race to the white house. first lady michelle obama is expected to speak any minute now in southern ohio. you're looking at live pictures right now. looks like a gymnasium of the university auditorium there. we'll take you there as soon as michelle obama enters. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] don't just reject convention. drown it out. introducing the all-new 2013 lexus ls f sport. an entirely new pursuit. >>> it is indeed crunch time for the presidential candidates. election day is just three days uz way, and both campaigns are making a final push in the battleground states. mitt romney wrapped up a rally in dubuque, iowa. earlier, he was in new hampshire and later he makes two stops in colorado. president obama was in ohio, then he's in wisconsin and iowa and he ends the day in virginia. now to the latest on the aftermath of superstorm sandy. gas is now being rationed in 12 counties in new jersey in an effort to cut down on wait times. people there have been waiting in very long lines for miles and for hours to gas up their cars and get fuel for generators. >> i was in
including the duchess of cambridge and first lady michelle obama, making it fashionable to recycle outfits. we'll tell you about the message it's sending to the rest of the world. >> i'll fess up, i wore this suit six weeks ago. all right we've dealt with it. and we'll introduce you to a true wonder dog. a poodle mix who was rescued from a trash heap, blind, and ver sick, thanks to some loving rescuers now she's doing great and she is an internet sensation. i watched this piece on youtube earlier today and it brings tears to your eyes. >> it does. that sweet little face. >> it's a great, great ending. >> we begin this morning with the scandal that cost cia director david petraeus his job. kristen welker is in our washington bureau with more. kristen, good morning. >> good morning to you, erica. this stunning news comes on the heels of the president's triumphant re-election. cia director david petraeus is a retired four-star general who led combat forces in iraq and afghanistan and was considered one of the top leaders of his generation. sources on the hill and at the white house say his re
with oregon state university basketball team. the head coach, of course, is michelle obama's brother, craig robinson. >> and this morning first lady michelle obama will weome the white house christmas tree. this is a look at last year's tree. this year's 19 foot frasier fir will arrive from ashe county, north carolina. it will be displayed in the blue room. >> thanksgiving not just for the earthwound. the three-man crew above the international 135is station celebrated with a big feast including smoked turkey. thermostabilized yams, yum. that sounds good, doesn't it? and russian mashed potatoes. that's a nod to the two russian crewmen on the station. they also had corn and cranberry apple dessert. astronauts have been giving thanks at zero gravity since 2000. >> feeling lucky this holiday season? the powerball jackpot keeps on climbing and climbing. now at an eye-popping $325 million. the next drawing is tomorrow night at 10:59 eastern. we want to know what you would spend $325 million on. i would go to town on the dollar menu at mcdonald's. you tell us what you would do. tweet us @earlystar
. >>> welcome back to special election day coverage from our nation's capital. michelle obama was taking an interesting tone last night as she defended her husband in orlando. let's play it and we'll talk about it on the other side. >> the auto industry was in crisis. this economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month. and a lot of folks were wondering whether we were headed for another great depression. do you hear me? that's what people were worried about. and that is what barack faced on day one as president of the united states. >> and the president, was he crying? was he crying in his final campaign event in iowa? take a look at this. >> those of you haven't done this just for me, but for each other. for a laid-off family member, for a sick child, for a fallen friend. all of you who've lived and breathed the hard work of change, i want to thank you. you took this campaign and you made it your own and you organized yourselves, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, county by county, starting a movement that spread across the country. >> you could see a little tear, kind of, sort of.
, michelle obama and valerie jarret, they all work together at the same hospital. the fact that they are all running the white house is 100% a coincidence. if that is unproven i will quit. >> he was the fourth one at the hospital and they were patient dumping. minority pay shents would try to come in and thisy would be cents to the university of chicago where they would die and not have their gunshot wound. jay four -- >> four aristocrats are running and dumping minorities because they think they are not good for business. they same four people are in the white house and under the impression whoa care about their body hair. >> bill, you wrote a book on that. >> yes. >> can you dispute it? >> well, when they are done,. >> it has are you kidding with lots of question marks? it is what the h is up with america, kkkkk. >> we will close things up with a post game wrap up. >>> time to go back to tv's andy levy. it is the post game wrap up. >> thanks. anne, what are you doing this weekend? >> oh you people are such a pain in the neck.
and ohio as well. michelle obama will be showing up in daman iowa -- the morni kron4 about, and are facebook and twitter feeds will also be following the election. we will be back
, as the president of the united states, and first lady, michelle obama and vice-president biden and others honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. >> jamie: we have seen the color guard. the wreath laying will be followed by "taps." the president will speak later in the amphitheater. it's a very emotional day for everyone who knows a vet or knows a vet, and also the living veterans, whom we owe a huge thank you, immeasurable terms. these sights and ceremonies are historic. every year, we see the president or a designee. the president will have a moment of silence and we will observe it as well. you did -- you can hear the flashes of the camera, as we watch the ceremony unfoal. >> eric: the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month has been veterans day to honor all of those who have served. you canee the president walking up to the tomb of the unknowns. [star spangled banner playing] [playing "taps"] [playing "america the beautiful "] >> jamie: as they make their way to the ampitheater, where president obama will speak about veterans veterans and to veterans and their families, ear
the trek all the way from north carolina farm. first lady michelle obama and president's two daughters there to check the tree out. they gave it a sniff and thumbs up. >> we invite you to share the holiday food drive. for more information and location nearest you go to abc 7 news.com/community. >> much more is ahead. how black friday could be threatening bay area smaller businesses. >> if there are major tensions in the middle east at this hour. the nation's president moves to give himself new powers.. >> new name for mexico? big change the nation's leader wants to make just a wee >> the tale of two shopping jernts on this black friday. here is a look at packed parking lot at southhand naul hayward. folks packed bigger malls this year, some shops are suffering. abc 7 news is live in burlingame with more on that. david? >> last count america's economy made up of 23 million small businesses such as ones at burlingame. on this black friday, many of them being overshadowed but shoppers at malls and now, major chains cut putting squeeze on them, on mean streets of the bay area. locales call
was as photographed as much as michelle obama, it is pretty unusual to wear the same dress on a night you know everyone's going to be watching. but i think it just shows that she's trying to say, look -- >> shut up about it. i think that's what she's saying. >> i don't know if she's saying it like that. >> she went to her closet, she pulled out a dress. >> the way she wears it, you probably would not have guess that she's worn it twice before, right? >> i would not care. >> see, we wouldn't care. >>> tom kierein is caring about the weather for us this morning. what's in store? >> we just missed a powerful coastal storm yesterday. time for your weather and traffic. we had a little bit of sleet between 11:00 last night until about 2:00 this morning. eastern new york state and long island and much of new england getting pounded with snow and wind and rain right now. locally, storm team 4 radar showing a few sprinkles. extreme southern prince george's, there may be a few flurries mixing in there. it is a cold morning out on the mountains. all those areas in dark blue or below freezing in the 20s.
. in that final speech in des moines, he will be a companied by first lady michelle obama. >> the president's republican rival mitt romney spent his afternoon in battleground virginia shoring up votes. the commonwealth is one of five stops in four critical swing states. jennifer davis is live from the presidential hopefuls campaign. >> reporter: hi there, brian. as he makes his way in the grand ballroom in boston, they're getting ready for tomorrow night's election rally and his campaign is feeling optimistic and they believe people here will be celebrating. one day ahead of the elect, governor romney starts the campaigning in florida. a key battleground state with 29 crucial electoral votes. >> tomorrow, we begin a new tomorrow. tomorro we begin a better tomorrow and this is going to change for the better tomorrow. your work is making a difference. >> reporter: and holding two rallies in virginia alone. >> and to look at the record, earned and real with record. the president promised change but that can't be finished in speeches but in achievement. >> reporter: he's also campaigning in o
or the first lady michelle obama. >> do you remember what somebody else wore at an event. >> oddly enough, i can't always remember what i wear, but i remember events by clothes. when i went to the janet jackson concert in 1984, i remember exactly what i wore. >> the new york aquarium sits right there on the beach, and a lot of heroic employees stood their ground and saved the fish there. >> erica, you're new here, but you should know that i'm the queen of practical jokes, and when you at least expect it, you will be the target of many, so there is a thing you've heard of, photobombing, now we have phone bombing. and we have this adorable wedding picture, 88 years in the ma making. and it's a bunch of fun things we will recap. >> and a heart warming story of survival. this abandoned dog has made a comeback. >> and we're going to talk about the current season of "the voice" with christina aguilera. >> first, we have a final check of weather. it's like if you miss this, you won't know anything for the rest of the day. >> yes, don't look up at the sky, it will just confuse you. we're looking at
for granted. tomorrow we will get visits from it wrongly and from first lady michelle obama. they're both doing events in and around orlando. it is considered very important the white election in florida. to go mitt romney around orlando. why that area? >> he is doing it an event early tomorrow morning at the airport hangar just north of orlando on your map. that is where michelle obama will be as well. that is a swing area. it leaves a democratic, at least or land of us. mitt romney has been performing very well and i-4 corridor. bedtimes released a poll showed mitt romney has a six point lead, 51-45%. we will see if that happens or not. -- we released a poll that showed irani has a six point lead. >> why would the president go to broward county today and not to a swing area to give it his way? >> i think because he gets warming to his book when it goes to south florida politically. this is a big crowd. there is a large african- american community in south florida. macarthur high school is in florida. it is a big area where this area that you are looking at where president obama campaign
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is still existing today and it is striking to me this divide between the perception of michele obama among white women and black women. white women find it appalling she has given up her career to be the first lady. many of my black friends particularly of my generation think it is the most wonderful thing in the world, that he saves her down as it used to be called in the olden days, all women didn't have to be a spinster but in the context of a black man who loves you, this romantic overlay of it, that black women and so rarely seen as beautiful, as lovable, the idea that this symbolic dimension of what michele obama is, clearly adored so much more than all the other first ladies in this very spontaneous lovely way, there's a subtle difference between the way in which black women see her giving up her career that she could do that, and b.a. lady, she is not somebody who is working all the time and our history as we were called a time no matter what. to be able to give that to raise one's children and have one's mother also there is a little bit different, a little bit subtle but powerful
. this is one of the rooms newly decorated for the holiday season. first lady michelle obama hosting military families. she's going to be entertaining as well. there's going to be arts and crafts in the state dining room. let's listen. at the white house, yeah, it's a cool house. i like it. i have said this many times before and i will say it again because i can't say it enough, our military families truly represent the very best that this country has to offer and i've seen it up close. you all do so much for this country and you do it with such amazing poise and grace. you all are outstanding neighbors. you are just phenomenal focused parents. you all are tremendous co-workers and community leaders in your own rights and you all do this under such extraordinary circumstances. so many of you are doing it while moving from base to base every couple of years. enduring all of those months of long deployments with loved ones serving oftentimes halfway around the world. and then there are military kids. you guys look gorgeous today and handsome and very clean. and we're going to try to change that
columbus. the first lady michelle obama is campaigning in virginia today. at 5:30 eastern, we will take you to petersburg where she will be speaking with supporters. tonight on c-span, mitt romney and paul brian will be joined by their wives for a rally in west chester, ohio. another big names are appearing including condoleezza rice and senator john mccain this evening at 7:30 eastern and we will have that live on c-span. while we wait to hear from president obama in ohio, part of this morning's "washington journal," good morning to you. i want to assure you that 2012 battleground map we have been featuring for the last week or so here on the "washington journal." assuring the swing states in this election. this morning on the washington journal, we want to hear from the voters in the non-yellow states. everyone else in a blue, give us a call. we want to hear what you think about campaign 2012. our phone lines are open. we have already been getting a few comments on facebook. we want to start of christopher's from minnesota, he writes in, the electoral college needs to go away. john from m
, a picture of him and michelle obama hugging saying four more years and then again this personal tweet signed by the president saying as you say "we're all in this together. that's how we campaigned and that's who we are. thank you, signed b.o., barack obama, it is electric here at campaign headquarters in chicago. they are crying tears but different from the tears of the romney tears hq. people hugging each other, very excited. there was a lot of concern that the economic problems that the country was having and the difficulties president obama was having with certain demographic groups was going to mean this would be a very long night. it turns out not so long after all. this is the third president in a row who has been re-elected and he did it using the same strategy of the previous president, george w. bush, the president who he blames for so many of the troubles that still are a problem for him today, problems for the american people today, he had a -- george w. bush fought for re-election even though the public was ambivalent about him because of the war in iraq. he did it by making the
their lives in harm's way and putting their lives in danger. >> we know that the first lady michelle obama and the second lady dr. jill biden made military families a priority the first time. but what would your thoughts by regarding the president and vice president to make sure veterans are well taken care of when they come home from serving? >> well, they certainly need to maintain a focus on employment. the unemployment rates are much higher amongst returning iraq and afghanistan vets and the general population and that's something we certainly need to change. and the second issue which is a very dire issue is mental health. mental health needs to be a focus. there are too few mental health efficients in the department of veterans affairs. they're trying to cope with warriors. that needs to be an area that this administration maintains a focus on. >> something i want to talk about, i can't place the person who said it, but i heard that never have so few been asked to do so much. we're talk about the percentage of men and women who served in iraq and afghanistan, and it's really remarkab
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